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Black Toad Dark Ale - Black Toad Brewing Co.

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Black Toad Dark AleBlack Toad Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

416 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Toad Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2002)
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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with a coppery hue and a soapy tan cap. Decent head retention with clumpy lacing. Brown sugar and pear/apple fruitiness in the aroma, a little bready, hints of roasted malts and vanilla. Very similar flacour profile, just a little less potent. Low, grassy bitterness with brown sugar and fruit, bread and faint dark malt. Creamy texture, lightish body with moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty enjoyable with some nice English character.

DrJay, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

PEIhop, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

harpus, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Tone
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with small yellow head, but poor retention. No lacing to speak of. Smells of roasted malts. Fits the style of an American Porter. Tastes of roasted malts that quickly turns into a slight hop and then finishes with more malt. Low almost non-existent carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink porter, but lacking in body.

Tone, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, very dark brown color with just a thin cap of medium khaki head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts with just a hint of roast as well. There was no noticeable grain, hops or yeast scents. The flavor profile was very similar, with the addition of an alcohol bite on the finish.

The body was typically decent for the style, smooth and medium bodied, with a bit of a sticky-sweet finish. Drinkability was good, as brown ales usually tend to be. Overall, an OK beer, one that's worth grabbing a sixer of as a budget option.

beertunes, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance after the pour from the 12 ounce bottle is a deep black walnut brown, with ruby highlights, the head a modest sized light tan in color with the texture creamy, after its dissipation the lace forms a thin sheet that covers the glass. Nose has a nutlike sweetness, hints of caramel and a tiny bit of coffee. Start has pleasing malt sweetness; a touch of burnt grain bitterness also present, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a mild to average acidity, the hops modest in their bite, sweet and dry, a drinkable beer, but seems more an English Brown than a Porter.

Gusler, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark ruddy brown amber with a one finger fine medium brown head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, brown bread, a hint of chocolate. Flavor of toasted and biscuit malt, butterscotch and mild nuts and chocolate. Finishes with light sweet toasted malt and caramel. Pretty darn good for a cheap low ABV brown ale. A bit on the sweet side, and mild flavors, but I like it.

LiquidAmber, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a nutty brown with a few ruby hints. Had a one and a half finger head that receded to a foamy film with some light foam sticking on the side.

Smell- A litle cream detection, but mostly a mild nutty arome with a little malt penetrates the nose.

Taste- First you notice a distinct hazelnutty hops flavor which then moves on to a roasty, creamy malt character and ends with just a creamy general nut nuance.

Mouthfeel- Overall a very craemy and nutty palate. The nuts stay with the tongue the longest. A little dry as well.

scruffwhor, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

A nice dark brown-red colour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam and some good lacing.

It has a nice smell to it. I'm picking up some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit.

Tastewise, I get the chocolate first, followed by roasted malt and coffee with some notes of dark fruit and just the slightest of hop bitterness. Pretty tasty brew here. The body is kind of thin it doesn't ever get watery. It finishes with a coffee bitterness that lasts fairly long in the aftertaste.
Very good head retention as I'm down to the last couple of ounces and there's still a solid 1/2" layer. This is another one of them "fun" beers to drink and I'm glad I got to try it.

Bitterbill, May 16, 2008
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another 77 cent Trader Joe's beer. This one actually was not too bad. Pours a very dark brown with an ultra-thin light beige head. Very little lacing. Aroma is lightly nutty and malty. Flavor is malty smooth with some hops and a nutty finish. All of these attributes are in small quantities though, and it was on the bland side overall. I think this is a weak attempt at a Schwarzbier.

Dogbrick, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown about midway between mahogany and cola with a fairly thick if not persistent pale cinnamon head. Aroma is strong, smoky and malty with nutty and molasses hints. Flavor, unfortunately, does not live up to the promise of the aroma - it is malty with nutty and caramel undertones but lacks the nice smoky touch of what I regard as a true porter. Texture is quite smooth and just a teensy on the watery side.

Cyberkedi, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

barnzy78, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

KevinGordon, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, auburn color with a low light brown head that leaves little bits of lace. Light roasted malt aroma and light hop aroma. Tastes like it smells; really good and very porter-ish. Light bodied with a nice roasty dry finish.

A great session beer -- Kind of a mix between an Irish style stout and a porter... hard to explain - just try it.

Date on label: 07/21/03 Tasted: 02/11/03

($4.99 / 6 pack)

RBorsato, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 355 ml bottle dated 07/20/14-13:47. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It is a very nice looking beer with a dark brown to practically black color and a long lasting cream colored head.

While the aroma brings out some roasted dark malt and nutty characters I tend to get this sort of soapiness like I'm taking a shower. Little to no hope note.

The body is about medium but it is very smooth and creamy.

The taste is generally on the sweet and malty side but it does not go overboard. Nuts, malts, and the most modest of a hop finale. It is easy to drink but it is nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

puboflyons, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Tall thin 12 ounce bottle with a dark black and gold label. Has the words ‘Black Toad Distinctive Dark Ale’. Described as a “….the resulting ale has a dark chestnut color and deep nutty flavor”. No strength listed, but it does have a smudged inkjet code on the reverse label which is illegible.

Appearance: Dark brown body that has a polished walnut look. Thin beige head quickly forms and quickly disappears. Solid conditioning helps to keep a thin head when the brew is swirled.

Nose: Nutty brown ale nose, sweet chocolate truffles and light toasted malts fill the neck will some other ancillary odors that lend a sweet grainy feel at times.

Taste: Light coffee and toasted malt entrance with some coffee in the middle. Dry latter third erodes the earlier sweet feel. Some chocolate in the swallow and a delicate hoppy bitterness lingers on the cheeks and tongue.

Mouthfeel: Clean lines, but this is a tad thin and if it wasn’t for the nuttiness and light toasted feel with the coffee and chocolate in support it would struggle to maintain a 3.5.

Drinkability: Not that bad, and the bitter coffee finish makes for a tasty Porter-esque afternoon drink but I couldn’t manage more than a couple of these.

Overall: Another one of those odd-ball singles from Trader Joes that was a nice excursion but never a complete detour. Worth a try for the money and an interesting change of pace but it has to do a lot to get me to pick it up again. A little weird all told.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Nice light beige head, average retention. The beer is a dark chestnut brown in color.

s: Primarily moderate roasts with an earthy hop presence. Some light lactose notes.

m: light-medium body and medium carbonation

t: Nothing great but carries enough roast and other malt character to make it an okay beer. Slight milky sweet notes. Earthy hops and a pleasantly bitter, roasty finish.

d: pretty easy

blackie, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of alexgash
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle.

Light cola brown body. Small, ephemeral, dirty beige head. Nose of sweet caramel malts, Hershey's syrup, licorice, and light roasted barley. Lightly roasted malt and cardboard up front. Caramel and cola sweetness follow. Old roasted coffee bitterness mixes with astringent graininess near the finish. Doughy, caramel sweetness sticks out in the finish. Moderate body with a fizzy feel. Not terrible, but not that good.

alexgash, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like dry roasted coffee and cocoa, with old oak and earthy spices and a bit of molasses. It tasted very earthy and dry, like mocha with creamy vanilla oak. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter earthy aftertaste. Overall this was a very subtle and complex beer that was quite tasty. It had good body and was very easy to drink. This was one of those beers you can gulp, but you prefer to sip. Surprisingly good.

Pencible, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a d

ark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, light roast, caramel and light smoke. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee and nutty. I found the body to be a little on the thin side.

Notes from 12/22/06

hopdog, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For $5.99 a six at Trader Joe's this is good value for a well made brown ale that has a big mouthfeel and a good long finish. Not the most complex of brown ales this still works well with a big malty taste and a little on the sweetness side. I will add this to the Mission ST Pale Ale and IPA as my fave TJs beers

canucklehead, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear deep amber color with a beige head that thinned to a ring leaving thin trails of lacing.

S - toffee sweetness with a hint of roasted malt in the background.

T - sweet flavors of toffee and caramel upfront with just a touch of bittering right before finishing sweet on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel and very easy drinkability.

O - for the price, it's a pretty darn good beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

cdwil, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck bought at Trader Joes.
Darkish amber in appearance, almost reddish- brown, with a large light tan bubbly/creamy head.
Quite a malty aroma to this one thats about it.
The flavour is pleasant, mosty roasty malts though there is a tiny bite from the hops near the end.
Quite ok on the palte but nothing special.
Its a drinkable ale..but is this really a porter?

Reidrover, May 14, 2005
Black Toad Dark Ale from Black Toad Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.